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Murphysboro Woodworker Starts His Own Board-game Business

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Byars frowned on the shipping cost from England for a board game he wanted. So he made his own.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the lifelong woodworker from Murphysboro made his own version of the game called Babinga. It won the night at a Christmas party he attended and Byars’ Board Room Game Co. was born.

Byars’ repertoire now includes seven handmade wooden board games and a line of pocket dice games. His creations have become not just entertainment, but an aesthetic.

The information technology employee at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale said he builds games that “are not only fun, but they are really nice to look at.”